New South Wales

New South Wales

Ambulance costs can be painful

If you don’t have private health insurance and need to call an emergency ambulance, you’ll likely have to pay a hefty fee that could leave you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars out of pocket.

But National Seniors General Manager Insurance, Chris Grice, says there are ways to protect yourself from “ambulance bill shock”.

“If you live in Queensland or Tasmania, the good news is your state automatically covers you for emergency  pre-hospital ambulance treatment Australia-wide,” Mr Grice said.

Seniors welcome big boost to NSW hospitals

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the NSW Government’s $2.3 billion investment in hospitals and health services in this week’s budget, after calling for a reduction in accident and emergency and elective surgery waiting times.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said National Seniors expected the commitment, along with $1 billion for 950 additional nurses and 300 doctors in state hospitals, would assist in delivering shorter waiting times.

Tech-savvy NSW seniors embrace transport apps

NSW Seniors can learn how to plan public transport routes, check bus or train timetables in ‘real’ time, and top up their Gold Opal cards online as part of the state government’s new Tech Savvy Seniors Transport App workshop.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the new workshop would be available through the Tech Savvy Seniors program.

Mr Constance said participants in the new workshop would learn how to operate three of the most common transport apps used for navigating public transport in NSW.

Know your holiday accommodation rights

NSW Fair Trading is reminding consumers of their rights in relation to holiday accommodation.

Since January 2015, the state government agency has received almost 1,500 complaints from consumers about accommodation providers.

Complaints generally relate to unsatisfactory conditions, cancellations, undisclosed fees and charges, and refunds.

Gold Opal fares a bright spot in otherwise dull NSW budget

The New South Wales budget has held public transport fares at $2.50 but added little to help older people cope with ever-increasing living costs, National Seniors Australia says.

The cost of Gold Opal travel for pensioners and Seniors Card holders will stay at $2.50 for the 2017-18 financial year.

“This is good news but we can only hope the government restricts fare increases in the future,” National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said.

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